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God Knows What He Is After

There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because his call is to be in comradeship with himself, for his own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what he is after. – Oswald Chambers

Obey God in the thing he shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you know already… This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God.

Wild At Heart – Part Seven

An adventure to be lived

  Key Words Vocation Adventure Quest Commission Meaning
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 200
  Quote Life is not a problem to be solve; it is an adventure to be lived.

From Gil Bailie
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

As Beuchner says, we are in constant danger of being not actors in the drama of our lives but reactors, “to go where the world takes us, to drift with whatever current happens to be running the strongest.”

David Whyte – “The price of all our vitality is the sum of all our fears.”

Whyte talks about the differenc between the false self’s desire “to have power over experience, to control all events and consequences, and the soul’s wish to have power through experience, no matter what thay may be.”

To put out to sea

  Key Words Ambition Adventure Mission Vocation Risk Courage
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 208
  Quote Edgar Lee Masters

I have studied many times
The marble that was chiseled for me –
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbour
In truth it pcitures not my destination
But my life
For love was offered me, and I shrank from its disillusionment
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire –
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid

The frontier life

  Key Words Adventure Vocation Courage Call Bravery
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 208
  Quote The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed. – Howard Macey

The realm of God is dangerous

  Key Words Danger Conflict Trust Fear Doubt
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 209
  Quote The realm of God is dangerous. You must not enter into it and just seek information about it.

Original God

  Key Words Imagination Experience Healing Discipleship
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 210
  Quote Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as he is with you. – Oswald Chambers

Terrified of the demands

  Key Words Adventure Discipleship Fear Courage Faith
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 219
  Quote From George MacDonalad
I am sometimes almost terrified at the scope of the demands made upon me, at the perfection of self-abandonment required of me, yet outside of such absoluteness, there can be no salvation.

Creating our own stories

  Key Words Freedom Choice
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 219
  Quote Freedom is useless if we don’t exercise it as characters making choices… We are free to change the stories by which we live. Because we are genuine characters, and not mere puppets, we can choose our defining stories. We can do so because we actively participate in the creation of our stories. We are co-authors as well as characters. Few things are as encouraging as the realisation that things can be different and that we have a role in making them so. – Daniel Taylor

Wild At Heart – Part Two

The fighter

  Key Words Wound Shame Fight
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 59
  Quote Talks about the wounds that all men bear:

From Paul Simon, “The Boxer”

“In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
“I am leaving, I am leaving”
But the fighter still remains.

Wounded by Father

  Key Words Wound Hurt Love
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 69
  Quote From Frederic Buechner

If strangers and strange sights can shake the world of children, it takes the people they know and love best to pull it out from under them like a chair

Talks about the wound causing us (Page 73) never to need anyone, always to want someone.

Battle for a man’s heart

  Key Words Wound Conflict Heart Man Male Love Passion
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 77
  Quote Jan Krist
“Now you’re out there God knows where
You’re one of the walking wounded

From movie Michael
“To give a man back his heart is the hardest mission on earth”

Bruce Cockburn
“Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight”

Page 87
Do you know why you are wounded – because someone wants you out of the fight

Don’t Take Your Questions To Eve

  Key Words Love Passion Romance Relationships
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 91
  Quote From Iron John by Bly:

He sees a woman across the room, know immediately that it is “She”. He drops the relationship he has, pursues her, feels wild excitement, passion, beating heart, obsession. After a few months, everything collapses, she becomes ordinary woman. He is confused and puzzled. Then he sees once more a radiant face across the room and the old certainty comes again.

Eldredge says though that you can’t get Eve to fix you, you have to take your questions and validation from elsewhere.

Page 95
“If you take your question to Eve, it will break your heart. I know this now, after many, many hard years. You can’t get your answer from there. In fact, you can’t get your answer from any of the things men chase after to find their sense of self. There is only one source for the answer to your question.”

The true self

  Key Words Truth Being Self
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 97
  Quote No man, for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Esse quam videri
To be, rather than to appear

Who can give a man this, his own name?

God alone. For no one but God sees what the man is – George MacDonald

To be named, is something that comes through in the clip from Maximus when he confronts the Emperor (page 101)

Page 103
The history of man’s relationship with God is the story of how God calls him out, takes him on a journey and give him his true name. Most of us have thought it was the story of how God sits on the his throne waiting to whack a man broadside when he steps out of line. Not so. He created Adam for adventure, battle and beauty; he created us for a unique place in his story and he is committed to bring us back to the original design. So God calls Abram out from Ur of the Chaldeans to a land he has never seen, to the frontier, and along the way Abram gets a new name. He becomes Abraham.

  References Abraham (Genesis 12)
Baptism of Jesus (Mark 1)

What God really wants

  Key Words Growth Discipleship Initiation
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 105
  Quote Most of us have been misinterpreting life and what God is doing for a long time. “I think I’m just trying to get God to make my life work easier” a client of mine confessed, but he could have been speaking for most of us. We’re asking the wrong questions. Most of us are asking, “God why did you let this happen to me?” Or, “God why won’t you just… (fill in the blank – help me succeed, get my kids to straighten out, fix my marriage, you know what you’ve been whining about). But to enter into a journey of initiation with God requires a new set of questions: What are you trying to teach me here? What issues in my heart are you trying to raise through this? What is it you want me to see? What are you asking me to let go of? In truth, God has been trying to initiate you for a long time. What is in the way is how you’ve mishandled your wound and the life you’ve constructed as a result.

Wild At Heart – Part One

The frontier life

  Key Words Adventure Risk
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 1
  Quote From Howard Macey
“The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier, and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.”

Coming home to the moutains

  Key Words Adventure Risk
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 4
  Quote From John Muir
“When a man comes to the mountains, he comes home.”

I cannot find the reference, but it is round about here that Eldredge talks about man being created in the wilderness and only later being brought into the garden.

He quotes the North Face adverts that say
“I am not alive in an office, I am not alive in a taxi cab, I am not alive on a sidewalk.”

Eldredge later says (page 5)
It is fear that keeps a man at home where things are neat and orderly and under his control. But the answers to his deepest questions are not to be found on television or in the refrigerator.

Then he talks about the wilderness, the place where Moses receives his vocation and where Christ has his tested. For Christ the temptations are primarily a test of identity
“If you are the son of God.”

  References Man made in the garden (Genesis 2)
Temptation of Jesus (Mark 1)
Temptation of Jesus (Luke 4)
Temptation of Jesus (Matthew 4)

The way life moves me

  Key Words Vocation Desire
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 9
  Quote From Christopher Fry
“Life is hypocrite if I can’t live the way it moves me.”

The deepest desires of man

  Key Words Vocation Adventure Desire
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 9
  Quote Eldredge says the deepest desires of man are found in a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue.

The need to explore

  Key Words Adventure Wilderness Wildness Man Vocation
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 11
  Quote Eldredge comments on the films that men watch – Braveheart, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Magnificent Seven.

Men tune into the need for battle.

Bly says “In every relationship, something fierce is needed once in a while.”

When I personally first read these lines I was in a boat going through the Baltic, with a bunch of guys, and what we were reading were things like Bravo Two Zero, the Lord of the Rings and this book. We wanted to be wild, we wanted to jump into the sea, to conquer unknown lands, to be where we had never heard of, never mind never been before.

Eldredge says, like it not, there is something fierce in the heart of every man.

Ultimately this comes from God says Eldredge, borrowing Brueggemann’s phrase about God who is (page 12)
“wild, dangerous, unfettered and free.”

The wild image we bear

  Key Words Image Wild Dangerous Risk Adventure
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 19
  Quote This chapter looks at us bearing the image of God, and how God is not safe.

Quotes are:

Page 19
“How would telling people to be nice to one another get a man crucified. What government would execute Mister Rogers or Captain Kangaroo.” – Philip Yancey

“Safe? Who said anything about safe? “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” – C.S. Lewis

“This is a stem of that victorious rock
And let us fear
The native mightiness and fate of him.” – Henry V

Dorothy Sayers wrote (page 26) that the Church
“has very efficiently pared the claws of the lion of Judah, making him a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.”

Page 29:
If you have any doubts as to whether or not God loves wildness, spend a night in the woods … Alone. Take a walk out in a thunderstorm. Go for a swim with a pod of killer whales. Get a bull moose mad at you. Whose idea was this, anyway? The Great Barrier Reef with its great white sharks, the jungles of India with their tigers, the deserts of the Southwest with all of those rattlesnakes – would you describe them as “nice” places? Most of the earth is not safe, but it’s good.

Page 30:
In an attempt to secure the sovereignty of God, theologians have overstated their case and left us with a chess-player God playing both sides of the board, making all his moves and ours too. But clearly this is not so. God is a person who takes immense risks.

Page 31:
The motif of “coming through” is one that Eldredge develops.
He lets the mob kill Jesus, bury him… Then he shows up. Do you know why God loves writing such incredible stories? Because he loves to come through. He loves to show us that he has what it takes.

It’s not the nature of God to limit his risks and cover his bases. Far from it. Most of the time, he actually lets the odds stack up against him.

When comparing God to a woman, Eldredge says (page 36)
God wants to be loved.

The reason that Eve wishes to be unveiled is that God does as well.
William Blake “The naked woman’s body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man.”

Identity of one we bear

  Key Words Baptism Identity Inheritance
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 21
  Quote Tells story of his friend Craig who discovered that his real great grandfather was William McConnell, the first missionary to Central America, a man who risked his life many times to bring Christ to a lost people.

Eldredge tells the story of how his friend changed his name as well to McConnell. This was in recognition of his great-grandfather and his father (Al McConnell who was killed in the Korean war when Craig was only a few months old) and against his adoptive father who used to denigrate him by calling him a “seagull”.

For me this reminds me of how we are renamed in Christ, and in baptism we discern an identity more shaping than our passport.

The Goodly Fere

  Key Words Adventure Risk
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 28
  Quote – Reading this also reminds me of a sermon I heard from Alistair May during Holy Week 2005, about the way that in John’s garden the conflict isn’t even close, Jesus remains Lord in the garden in John

By Ezra Pound. The word “Fere” means companion or mate.

Ha’ we lost the godliest fere of all
For the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
O’ ships and the open sea.

When they came wi’ a host to take Our Man
His smile was good to see,
“First let these go,” quo’ our Goodly Fere
“Or I’ll see you damned,” says he.

Aye he sent us through the crossed high spears
And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
“Why took ye not me when I walked about
Alone in the town?” says he.

Oh we drunk his “Hale” in the good red wine
When we last made company,
No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
But a man o’ men was he.

I ha’ seen him drive a hundred men
Wi’ a bundle o’ cords swung free,
That they took the high and holy house
For their pawn and treasury…

I ha’ seen him cow a thousand men
On the hills o’ Galilee,
They whined as he walked out calm between,
Wi’ his eyes like the grey o’ the sea,

Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
With the winds unleashed and free,
Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
Wi’ twey words spoke suddenly.

A master of men was the Goodly Fere
A mate of the wind and sea,
If they think they ha’ slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.

  References Arrest in Gethsemene (John 18)
Arrest in Gethsemane (Matthew 26)
Arrest in Gethsemane (Mark 14)
Arrest in Gethsemane (Luke 22)

Risk of love

  Key Words Love Risk Wound Hurt
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 32
  Quote From C.S.Lewis
“Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.”

Thou art the brook

  Key Words Home Return Dependence Identity
  Source Wild At Heart
  Source Author Eldredge, John
  Location 35
  Quote George MacDonald-
Thou art my life – I the brook, thou the spring.
Because thine eyes are open, I can see,
Because thou art thyself; tis therefore I am me.

C.T.Studd – The Biography – Part 4

A gambler for God

  Key Words Evangelism Risk Adventure
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 127
  Quote On Studd after his mission committee told him he could go to Africa, but not (on doctor’s advice) south of Khartoum:

Penniless, turned down by the doctor, dropped by the Committee, yet told by God to go, what was he to do? “The only honest thing.” Once more he stake all on obedience to God. As a young man he staked his career, in China he staked his fortune, now he staked his life. A gambler for God! He joined the ranks of the great gamblers of the faith: Abraham, Moses, etc. in Hebrews xi, and the true apostolic succession, “Men that have hazarded (gambled with) their liver for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

No wonder he once wrote, “No craze so great as that of the gambler and gambler for Christ was ever cured, thank God!”

His answer to the committee was this, “Gentlemen, God has called me to go and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow.”

He carried out his Master’s word to the letter “He that shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s shall find it.” The next twenty years were to prove the truth of the last paragraph, “shall find it.”

  References The gamblers of the Faith (Hebrews 11)
Risked their lives (Acts 15:26)
Life for my sake (Luke 17:33)
Loses his life (Matthew 10:39)
Loses his life (Mark 8:35)

Christ’s etceteras

  Key Words Humility Service
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 136
  Quote For this purpose we have banded ourselves together under the name of the Christ’s etceteras, and invite others of God’s people to join us in the glorious enterprise. We are merely Christ’s nobodies, otherwise Christ’s etceteras.

Later Studd writes (page 138)
We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear?

We will have the real holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.

  References The two builders (Matthew 7)

The committee I work under

  Key Words Committee Structure Employment Service
  Source C.T. Studd
  Source Author Grubb, Norman
  Location 142
  Quote Studd:

The committee I work under is a conveniently small Committee, a very wealthy committee, a wonderfully generous Committee and is always sitting in session – the Committee of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

We have a multi-millionaire to back us up, out and away the wealthiest person in the world. I had an interview with Him. He gave me a cheque-book free and urged me to draw upon him. He assured me His firm clothes the grass of the field preserves the sparrows, counts the hairs of the children’s heads. He said the Head of the Firm promised to supply all our need, and to make sure, One of the Partners or rather Two, were to go along with each member of our parties, and would never leave us or fail us.

Motivation for young people

Quotes Given to Cathkin School Leavers – 2008

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do rather than those that you did do. So… sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover” Mark Twain

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.” Pearl S. Buck

A definition of success attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better…

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,

This is to have succeeded.”

“There’s only two things I had to do to win the Olympic gold: Train when I wanted to, and train when I didn’t” – Peter Vidmar, Olympic Gold Winner

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Alva Edison